Response for Nature – Conservation Expert Survey

A survey sent out via Plantlife Link

Please read the information below before taking the survey

What is the survey for?

As plant and fungi experts you will have the relevant knowledge to comment on the various conservation mechanisms that are currently in place for nature. The project would like your help in identifying which are and are not working, and your suggestions for new mechanisms that could be put in place where existing ones are not delivering. Because many of these mechanisms are devolved, they have split the analysis by country, and would therefore like you to respond for either England, Wales or Scotland in this instance (Northern Ireland is also being surveyed). They are particularly keen to receive responses on the role businesses and civil society could play, in addition to what Government should deliver, so please bear them in mind when completing this exercise.

Summary: The aim of the Response for Nature project is to systematically assess what nature needs in order to thrive; what we are doing well, what we could improve on and, importantly, what we are not yet doing at all. This assessment will be made via a performance and gap analysis, please see ‘How it works’ below. Essentially, this project will continue the work carried out with the State of Nature partnership of some 25 conservation organisations and ultimately, it will provide the nature conservation sector’s collective view on what society should prioritise to reverse the decline in nature across the UK.
Rationale: We know that nature is under threat: the State of Nature Report 2013 brilliantly highlighted this, but left many asking ‘what do we do now?’ This project will aim to answer this question by providing priority actions in each of the UK countries for government, businesses, NGOs and the public sector. Given the political landscapes, particularly with the General Election in 2015, this project is timely in order to effectively advocate what we should do for nature.
Why we need your help: As stated above, we are aiming to provide an effective insight into the views of our sector on where we should focus our efforts to best benefit nature. As far as we know, no previous project has attempted this on such a large scale, with so many people. We are particularly interested in individual responses, representing a wide range of taxa and habitats. Therefore, we are asking you to be involved due to your conservation expertise! We would like your opinion on what currently is and isn’t working for nature, and what tools we are missing in order to do more for it. The response each individual gives should give us a great level of information from which to assess priority actions
What happens afterwards? Once we have received a good level of responses in each country, we’ll begin to process the data, of which there will be lots! Following this, we’ll invite selected experts to a prioritization workshop, one in each country. This will be a day where attendees partake rounds of discussion and voting to reach a consensus, with the outcome being a final set of priority actions. We’ll then publish these in 4 country advocacy reports, with a UK wide report holding our full results and methodology. If you work for an organisation which supports the end results, you could sign up to have your logo displayed on the advocacy reports. We’ll list everyone that took part in the longer report, although if you’d prefer us not to use your name then that’s fine too! We will of course keep everyone updated as the project progresses, unless they opt out.
Further questions? Please contact Philippa Richards, the project officer at or call on 01767693262.
How it works: The analysis will be carried out using an online survey that we have developed. We’ll be honest with you from the start in saying this won’t be a brief 5-minute exercise. Depending on how much input you want to give, we think this will take you from 15 minutes to an hour. So grab a cup of tea before you begin! It will be set out as follows:
1. Describe your conservation expertise
2. Select which UK country you have the best working knowledge of
3. Select the core ecological or social requirement(s) for nature that best incorporates your expertise
4. Evaluate existing mechanisms that meet your chosen requirement(s)
5. Suggest new mechanisms to meet your chosen requirement(s